A few weeks ago, I met up with a guy friend of mine whom I also happen to find very attractive. As we sat catching up on the latest happenings in each other’s lives, I asked him a question that caused him to think pensively — and scratch his beard in the process. It was a completely normal beard scratch, no different from any other beard scratch that I’ve witnessed other men do when they’re deep in thought about something — or when they’re just itchy. But as I sat there watching him, I was turned on by this seemingly innocuous motion.
When you think about it, the so-called laws of attraction aren’t that straightforward, especially when it comes to what turns us on. And if you’ve ever been turned on by something random that your potential partner does or says, trust me — you’re not alone.
The experience with my friend got me thinking. What are some other strange, yet relatable things that make women swoon that aren’t as expected as romantic gestures or a nice set of abs?
Here’s what a few real women had to say about the not so standard turn-ons that really get them going.
1. Foregoing rain gear.
“When he doesn’t use an umbrella,” says Erica, 28. “It’s weirdly manly. Seeing him not care about getting all wet gets me all wet.”
2. The smell of his armpits.
“For some reason, I love the smell of a guy’s armpit — as long as it’s not too sweaty,” says Andrea, 28. “I’ll just bury my face in a guy’s armpit. I think it’s a turn on because it’s a mix of their natural odor, and then probably a bit of distant cologne.”
3. Taking care of business.
Doing chores around the house does it for Aly, 32. “If a guy comes over to hang some blinds for me or fixes a printer, it’s hot,” she says.
4. Driving stick shift.
“I don’t know whether it’s because it’s something that’s old school that not everyone knows how to do, or if it’s a phallic thing that gets me going,” says Cynthia, 29. “But watching my husband drive our old car stick shift absolutely does it for me.” weird things,weird things,weird things